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#454280 - 11/18/13 01:39 PM spiritual armour
victor-victim Offline


Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 4238
Loc: O Kanada
sometimes i don't feel safe.

i don't trust my own flight or fight animal instincts anymore.
as often as they have saved me,
they have damaged and destroyed me.
as much as my past actions have helped,
they have hindered and harmed me.
it got tired of hurting myself and other innocent bystanders.

now... whenever i don't feel safe,
whenever fear and anger threaten...
i stand firm in my faith and
i put on the spiritual armour.

i get much more comfort and strength from scripture,
than i ever did standing on my own.

Ephesians 6:10-17
"Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
.
"

http://www.acts17-11.com/armor.html

i also find great peace and power in this scripture...

Matthew 7:24-27
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

http://www.messiah-of-god.com/wise-and-foolish-builders-parable-of-two-builders.html

it's not like... i couldn't do it by myself.
i did it.
the difference is, i don't have to.
the best sailor in the world cannot fill the sails of his ship.
he could stand on his deck and blow hard all day, and he will not move one inch.
he can only control his rigging and his rudder, never the wind or the water.

this is how i cope.
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#477681 - 02/21/15 06:03 PM Re: spiritual armour [Re: victor-victim]
victor-victim Offline


Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 4238
Loc: O Kanada
'One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.' 1 Kings 20:11

i am a soldier. i am a warrior. through due diligence, i stand repaired and prepared for daily deadly battle duty. i keep my spirit sword sharp and my soul suit shiny!

i found some solid sensible advice for maintaining armour, boosting morale, mustering courage and motivating troops.

i wanted to share it with you.
i always enjoy short succinct sermons.
i hope you do, too.




· The objective precedes the subjective. The saving work of God in Christ is an objective fact. It never changes. Our subjective response to the gospel may be fickle and uncer­tain. What God has done for us always precedes what he does in us.

· Facts supersede feelings. The fact of what God has done for us in Christ is more important than our feelings of the work of God in our lives. Feelings come and go: facts remain unchanging.

· Imputation precedes impartation. What God has imputed to us is foundational to what He imparts to us. The work that God counts to our credit makes possible the work that He effects for our benefit. What he has done for us precedes what He does in us.

· Standing outweighs state. Our standing in Christ is perma­nent. Because it is based on the work of God for us in Christ, it can never be threatened. Our state may vary according to circumstances: we may rejoice one day and grieve the next. But our standing does not alter.

· The indicative precedes the imperative. Grammatically, the indicative describes what is; the imperative describes what ought to be. A statement is indicative; a command is imperative. God's statements about who we are always precede His commands about what we should do. Until we know who we are we cannot do what we should do.

· The Word precedes the Spirit. First we believe what God's Word says about us, then we accept the work of the Spirit within us. Repentance and faith in the promises of God bring us into a right relationship with Him; the Spirit enables us to live for Him.

· Kerygma precedes charisma. The kerygma or preaching of God's Word leads to repentance and new life; charismata – signs, wonders and gifts of the Spirit – confirm the preached Word.

· Promise precedes precept. When we know what God has prom­ised us in Christ Jesus then we are able to obey the precepts which He has laid down for us. The promises direct our atten­tion primarily to the Lord; then, with our eyes on Him and His enabling power, we can obey His precepts. To attempt the precepts without faith in the promises is to program our­selves for failure.

· Principle precedes practice. Understanding and believing the principles that are laid down in God's Word gives us a basis for putting into practice the commands which the Scrip­tures contain. What we do then becomes an expression of what we firmly believe.

· Relationship precedes fellowship. Our relationship with God is totally depending on what He has done for us in Christ in adopting us as His children. Our fellowship is contingent on our day by day walking in the light. The relationship is unchanging; our fellowship may vary dramatically in sweetness according to our degree of yieldedness to the Lord.

Dr Barry Chant This is Revival.
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